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Back when William Irvingson Kristol was soiling the Times op-ed pages, I urged people to ignore him precisely because it mattered less whether he was Wrong About Everything than whether he delivered buzz. For some reason other than my advice, that's how it fell out. Nobody cared what William Irvingson had to say about anything and the Times dropped him after his initial contract expired. It's too late to do the same with Brooks, but I am still hoping we can do it with Douthat.


Jeez, Lance, was the Dunciad not worth writing because Pope's targets were really mediocre poets? The Brooksological project is not so much about Brooks himself (though I'm getting more and more interested in the psychobiographical aspects of what he writes) as about the culture of the Times and its readership, the actual non-conservative part of the ruling class, who appreciate his imitation of tolerance and fake cultivation. He represents the idea of an urbane, self-deprecating conservatism that could be compromised with. The president is said to read his column. It's a slow-acting poison.


I should say that I saw what you did: i.e., your own bit is a beautiful example of the finer Brooksology, especially the skeet analogy.

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